This edition includes the latest COVID-19 Restrictions as the outbreak in the Northern Beaches grows.
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Werriwa eNewsletter

21 December 2020

Dear <<First Name>>.

The Coronavirus outbreak in the Northern Beaches has grown over the last few days. In response, the NSW Government has strengthened restrictions.

COVID-19 cases linked to the cluster have visited many locations throughout Sydney’s northern beaches, lower north shore, eastern and southern suburbs and other cases have been linked to as far as Penrith. Further details will be listed below.

If you have even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, get tested immediately, then isolate until you receive a negative result.

Please keep safe, socially distance and follow the health orders and stay updated from the NSW Government website here.

If we remain vigilant we will get this virus under control.

Kind Regards



In this edition of the Werriwa eNewsletter:

Latest Restrictions - Greater Sydney

Due to the growing risk from the Avalon outbreak, new restrictions were introduced for Greater Sydney from midnight last night to reduce the risk of further community transmission. These include:

• Household gatherings are limited to 10 visitors (until 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 December).
• The one person per four square metre rule is being re-introduced for all indoor settings, including hospitality venues and places of worship.
• A cap of 300 people will apply for hospitality venues and places of worship.
• Singing in indoor venues will now be restricted, returning to a maximum of five performers indoors, provided they are 1.5m from one another and at least 5m from the audience who are not allowed to sing along.
• Dancefloors will not be permitted, except for weddings, when a maximum of 20 from the wedding party will be permitted.

For the purposes of the Order, ‘Greater Sydney’ comprises the following local government areas: Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, The Hills Shire, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Wollongong and Woollahra.

Click here for the latest news and updates on COVID-19.

Wear a Mask

People across Greater Sydney are advised to wear masks in indoor settings such as shops, hospitality venues and public transport, in line with advice already issued to those in the Northern Beaches.

As of right now there is no mandatory rule to wear masks, however we understand that wearing a mask is a strong defence against contracting the virus and not passing it on if you have it.

Therefore, if you can, please prioritise wearing a mask if you are travelling on the train and other public transport as well as public spaces such as shopping centres.

Visited Northern Beaches LGA in the Last 10 Days?

Any residents of the Northern Beaches LGA who left the area on or since Thursday 10 December 2020 must comply with the same restrictions that apply to the Northern Beaches, regardless of their current location.

Non-residents who have visited the Northern Beaches on or after Thursday 10 December should monitor closely for symptoms and get tested if any appear, no matter how mild.

Anyone who visited the Northern Beaches since 10 December is also urged to check the NSW Government website for locations visited by confirmed cases and follow the associated health advice for the relevant venues if they have visited any of them. 

Do Not Visit Aged Care Factilties

People in Greater Sydney are also urged not to visit residential aged care facilities, disability services or vulnerable people unless it is critical. This advice will be re-assessed on Wednesday 23 December.

I strongly recommend avoiding aged care facilities in our area as the virus may be in the community and aged care facilities are particularly high risk and vulnerable.

Get Tested!

Anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, is asked to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. Click here to find your nearest clinic or contact your GP.

NSW Health is treating 80 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in intensive care. Most cases (95 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.

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